Useful Geography Resources

  • The United Nations: The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. Although best known for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programs) affect our lives and make the world a better place.
  • The Peace Corps: Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.
  • The CIA World Factbook: Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): The fundamental role of NATO is to safeguard the freedom and security of its member countries by political and military means. NATO is playing an increasingly important role in crisis management and peacekeeping.
  • The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): Implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began on January 1, 1994. This agreement will remove most barriers to trade and investment among the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

  • Missouri Department of Conservation: Provides a legacy of protecting our state's wild resources and helping Missourians connect with their natural heritage. Their goal is to sustain diverse, healthy plant and animal communities–well into the future.
  • The City of Parkville Community Development: The Community Development Department is responsible for: Planning and Zoning, Building Safety, Code Enforcement, Flood Plain Management, and Utility Locates.
  • Census Bureau -Kansas City: Is responsible for all data collection, data dissemination, and geographic operations, for Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
  • Kansas City Urban Waters: Seeks to promote greater awareness about the quality of water in the Greater Kansas City area, provide a venue to share data, connect partners to help pr:otect and restore waterbodies, and allow all of us to take an active role in protecting this precious resource.
  • Kansas City, Missouri / City Planning and Development: The department reviews residential and commercial development plans, zoning and subdivision platting, residential and commercial building plans, public improvement plans, and provides all long-range planning for the city.


  • The Association of American Geographers (AAG): For 100 years the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its members from more than 60 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography.
  • The American Geographical Society (AGS): The American Geographical Society is an organization of professional geographers and other devotees of geography who share a fascination with the subject and a recognition of its importance.
  • The National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA): The National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis is an independent research consortium dedicated to basic research and education in geographic information science and its related technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS).
  • The National Council for Geographic Education: NCGE is a non-profit organization, chartered in 1915 to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning.
  • GIS Jobs Clearinghouse: The most visited GIS/RS jobs site on the Internet. Started in 1992, the GJC has helped thousands of GIS/RS professionals find positions. [Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a rapidly growing technology; proving to become a needed job skill in this computer age in virtually all fields, especially those in Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Business.]
  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS): The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.
  • U.S. Census Bureau: The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL): NREL's mission and strategy are focused on advancing the U.S. Department of Energy's and our nation's energy goals.
  • The National Map: A collaborative effort among the USGS and other Federal, State, and local partners to improve and deliver topographic information for the Nation.
  • The Department of Homeland Security: The Department of Homeland Security’s overriding and urgent mission is to lead the unified national effort to secure the country and preserve our freedoms.
  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency: The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment -- air, water and land -- upon which life depends.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):A division of the U.S. Homeland Security; FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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